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As Bb&T (BBT) Share Value Declined, Shareholder Shelter Ins Retirement Plan Has Increased Its Stake; Vanguard Group Has Raised Its Aflac (AFL) Holding by $51.10 Million as Market Value Rose

Vanguard Group Inc increased its stake in Aflac Inc (AFL) by 1.98% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Vanguard Group Inc bought 630,803 shares as the company’s stock rose 3.90% with the market. The institutional investor held 32.56M shares of the accident &health insurance company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $2.65B, up from 31.93 million at the end of the previous reported quarter. Vanguard Group Inc who had been investing in Aflac Inc for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $35.00B market cap company. The stock increased 1.39% or $1.23 during the last trading session, reaching $89.65. About 2.14 million shares traded. Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has risen 7.68% since February 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has underperformed by 9.02% the S&P500.

Shelter Ins Retirement Plan increased its stake in Bb&T Corp (BBT) by 27.3% based on its latest 2017Q3 regulatory filing with the SEC. Shelter Ins Retirement Plan bought 8,900 shares as the company’s stock declined 11.91% while stock markets rallied. The institutional investor held 41,500 shares of the major banks company at the end of 2017Q3, valued at $1.95M, up from 32,600 at the end of the previous reported quarter. Shelter Ins Retirement Plan who had been investing in Bb&T Corp for a number of months, seems to be bullish on the $42.98B market cap company. The stock increased 0.24% or $0.13 during the last trading session, reaching $54.96. About 2.86 million shares traded. BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) has risen 20.68% since February 18, 2017 and is uptrending. It has outperformed by 3.98% the S&P500.

Vanguard Group Inc, which manages about $2139.45B US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Avista Corp (NYSE:AVA) by 10,814 shares to 6.30M shares, valued at $326.37M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in Ormat Technologies Inc (NYSE:ORA) by 235,668 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 3.13 million shares, and cut its stake in Abercrombie & Fitch Co (NYSE:ANF).

Among 19 analysts covering Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL), 3 have Buy rating, 4 Sell and 12 Hold. Therefore 16% are positive. Aflac Incorporated had 52 analyst reports since August 12, 2015 according to SRatingsIntel. Wells Fargo maintained Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) on Tuesday, January 9 with “Hold” rating. Bank of America upgraded Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) on Thursday, April 6 to “Neutral” rating. The company was initiated on Thursday, January 26 by Citigroup. The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) has “Buy” rating given on Monday, January 22 by Raymond James. The company was maintained on Wednesday, April 19 by Raymond James. The firm has “Mkt Perform” rating given on Thursday, August 27 by Bruyette & Woods;KBW; KBW”. The stock of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) earned “Sector Perform” rating by RBC Capital Markets on Tuesday, February 2. Keefe Bruyette & Woods downgraded the shares of AFL in report on Friday, May 20 to “Mkt Perform” rating. The rating was downgraded by Sandler O’Neill on Monday, May 23 to “Hold”. RBC Capital Markets maintained the stock with “Sell” rating in Thursday, February 1 report.

Investors sentiment decreased to 0.89 in 2017 Q3. Its down 0.08, from 0.97 in 2017Q2. It dropped, as 44 investors sold AFL shares while 297 reduced holdings. 73 funds opened positions while 232 raised stakes. 250.65 million shares or 1.32% less from 254.01 million shares in 2017Q2 were reported. Beese Fulmer Invest Management Incorporated invested in 0.05% or 2,729 shares. Paloma Partners Management reported 0.06% of its portfolio in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Cibc State Bank Usa stated it has 9,266 shares. Rand Wealth Limited has 9,601 shares for 0.09% of their portfolio. Mount Lucas Lp invested 1.92% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). State Street accumulated 20.41M shares. Benjamin F Edwards And Incorporated stated it has 0.27% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Girard Ptnrs stated it has 6,232 shares or 0.1% of all its holdings. Aperio Grp Ltd Company stated it has 618,172 shares or 0.28% of all its holdings. Utah Retirement invested in 0.13% or 71,321 shares. Cetera Limited Com reported 7,989 shares. Ing Groep Nv has invested 0.05% of its portfolio in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Great Lakes Advsr Limited Liability invested 0.06% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL). Geode Mngmt Ltd Limited Liability Company accumulated 4.11M shares. Dorsey & Whitney Tru Company Ltd Liability Corp invested 0.05% in Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL).

Since September 19, 2017, it had 0 insider buys, and 5 insider sales for $2.40 million activity. Shares for $125,363 were sold by JOHNSON DOUGLAS WAYNE on Tuesday, September 19. Shares for $25,907 were sold by TILLMAN AUDREY B on Thursday, October 26. Daniels James Todd also sold $50,525 worth of Aflac Incorporated (NYSE:AFL) shares. HUDSON ELIZABETH J sold $107,132 worth of stock.

Since August 16, 2017, it had 0 insider purchases, and 11 selling transactions for $14.66 million activity. BANNER JENNIFER S also sold $559,259 worth of BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) on Thursday, October 26. KING KELLY S had sold 60,000 shares worth $3.28 million. On Thursday, October 26 Bradley W Bennett sold $373,811 worth of BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) or 7,762 shares. $589,373 worth of BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) shares were sold by Johnson Robert Jerome JR. Weaver David Hudson sold $410,539 worth of BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) on Wednesday, August 16. Powell Cynthia B sold $486,760 worth of BB&T Corporation (NYSE:BBT) on Friday, January 19.

Shelter Ins Retirement Plan, which manages about $214.71M US Long portfolio, decreased its stake in Cme Group Inc (NASDAQ:CME) by 2,900 shares to 54,100 shares, valued at $7.34M in 2017Q3, according to the filing. It also reduced its holding in International Business Machine (NYSE:IBM) by 2,400 shares in the quarter, leaving it with 45,400 shares, and cut its stake in Oracle Corp (NYSE:ORCL).

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